‘Nasha Mukt campaign’ – Admin adopted zero tolerance policy against drug traffickers: Lt Guv
Launches 'drug-free J&K' campaign
Jammu: Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday said the Jammu and Kashmir administration has adopted a zero-tolerance policy against drug dealers and traffickers.
Sinha launched the ‘Nasha Mukt’ (drug addition free) campaign by flagging off joint teams of various departments here.
“It is the collective responsibility of the society to join this fight against the drug menace”, he said, adding that the administration has adopted a zero tolerance policy against drug dealers and traffickers.
Sinha said a new campaign — drug-free city and village — has been launched on Thursday.
The representatives from Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) & Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) have been requested to work with the administration and ensure that villages and wards are made drug-free through a proactive approach, he said.
Kick-starting the month-long drug de-addiction campaign he said efforts were underway to put an end to the smuggling of narcotic substances from across the border.
He sought cooperation of all sections of society for the success of the ‘Nasha Mukt’ campaign and lauded security forces personnel for their alertness and the seizure of huge quantity of smuggled drugs in the Union Territory.
“In my Independence Day speech, I have talked about making J&K fear free, corruption free, drug free and employable. These are my four pledges and given the rising graph of drug menace, it was taken up on priority,” Sinha told reporters.
He said the social welfare and health departments are already working to ensure a “Nasha Mukt J&K” (drug-free Jammu and Kashmir) along with the local police who are also running a good number of de-addiction centres.
Seeking support of all sections of society for the success of the month-long campaign, he said, “Everyone has to make his contribution and support the efforts of the administration to achieve the goal of a drug-free J&K.”
Asked about continuous attempts by Pakistan to push narcotics into Jammu and Kashmir, he said there has been a large seizure of drugs compared to previous years and we will continue our efforts to ensure that such type of activities do not take place.
The security forces are fully alert to the challenge and more arrangements will be made to stop smuggling (of narcotics from Pakistan), Sinha said.
He said it is the responsibility of the government to ensure rehabilitation and treatment of those who have fallen victim to the menace of drugs.
Addressing the gathering, the lieutenant governor said the administration has adopted a zero tolerance policy against drug dealers and drug traffickers.
“It is the collective responsibility of the society to join this fight against drug menace, he said.
He said it is not difficult for police to identify drug peddlers and nab them before they hand over the contraband to buyers.
Sinha also called for strict punishment to those involved in the drug smuggling and trafficking.
On the occasion, the Lt Governor flagged off a Swasth Rath and a Police bike rally for spreading awareness among people against the harmful and fatal effects of the menace of drug abuse. A pledge against Drug Abuse was also administered, besides a short Skit on Drug Abuse by the students of GGM Science College was also presented.
Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary while speaking on the occasion informed that Drug de-addiction centers will be established in each district of the UT. He stressed the need for people’s involvement and administering pledge against drug abuse in schools and colleges of J&K regularly.
Dr Abhishek Chowhan, Psychiatrist, on the occasion threw light on the psycho analytics of the drug abuse leading to detrimental effects on the social as well as personal life of the drug abusers. He also laid down the ways and suggestions to make the society free from this serious malady.
Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary, Jal Shakti Department; Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department; Sheetal Nanda, Commissioner/Secretary, Social Welfare Department; Ramesh Kumar, Divisional Commissioner Jammu; Ms Avny Lavasa, Deputy Commissioner Jammu; Vivek Sharma, Director General Social Welfare Jammu; Dr Ravi Shanker Sharma, Director School Education Jammu; Pallvi Project Director, State Level Coordinating Agency, besides other officers and people were present on the occasion.